Market analyses for smart energy systems
2018: Studies on storage, renewable heat and BIPV
As part of the long-term cooperation of Büro F with the Chilean Ministry of Energy and the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), we have prepared three short studies with current relevance for the Andean state. The studies are available in Spanish:
Report ESS (pdf in Spanish): Solar batteries. Current market status in Germany and regulatory implications for Chile.
RES-H Report (pdf in Spanish): Renewable energies for the heating sector. Summary of the current status in Europe and Germany and discussion of recommendations for Chile.
BIPV Report (pdf in Spanish): Current status of building-integrated photovoltaic in Germany and Europe.
2017: Extensive study comparing storage technologies
In a systematic analysis, we have identified and compared the current status and future potential of lithium battery storage systems and electrolytically produced hydrogen (H2). While lithium batteries are clearly ahead of the pack in the mobility sector and in the field of home storage, there is still potential for H2 in the power system. In addition to such power-to-gas applications, larger transport vehicles such as commuter trains and container ships could also be operated with hydrogen in the future. Selected results will be published in a loose series exclusively in pv magazine.
Article pv magazine (external link)
2017: Evaluation of a wind power project for a large development bank
An ex-post evaluation of the financing of a 50 MW wind farm in China was carried out for an international bank by Büro F. It focuses on an on-site plant visit, and includes an evaluation of the project from an energy system perspective. In addition, we prepared an outlook on the expected future profitability of the project given the massive wind farm curtailments in China.
2017: Surveys on the quality of photovoltaic components
In both qualitative and quantitative surveys, we have highlighted current quality problems of PV modules, inverters and other BOS components. The results were presented at the pv magazine Quality Roundtable during the 2017 Intersolar in Munich.
2017: Study on regional planning in relation to renewable energy installations
We have prepared a comprehensive study on spatial planning for the Chilean Ministry of Energy related to the planning of wind and photovoltaic systems. It concentrates/focuses on the various economic participation models as implemented, for example, in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Denmark.
2017: Lead generation for photovoltaic modules and battery storage
Büro F identified and qualified intermediaries for photovoltaic systems in Europe for one of the major players in the European solar industry. As a result, the client was able to expand its customer base by around 350 partners.
2016: Trend analysis for renewables association
At the request of members of the German Citizen's Energy Association, we have developed a vision of the future of the energy system and derived concrete recommendations for action. Using scenario techniques in moderated workshops, we identified the key factors that have led to the emergence of local producer-consumer communities by means of/with an online survey. We carried out the project together with l ° energy - local energy markets.
2016: Ad-hoc project on community supply models in Germany
For an international electricity utility, we compiled a complete market overview on new business models in the German power markets. Special attention was paid to the recent developments in the regulative framework for direct sales of electricity.
2016: Renewables into the charging poles for electric vehicles
On behalf of a project developer for wind and photovoltaic power plants, Büro F and l°energy elaborated a market primer “E-Mobility”. The report includes an analysis of the most important market trends regarding electric vehicles, e-bikes, e-scooters and the respective charging infrastructure. Based on this, we identified concrete action plans for the company.
2016: Battery home storage systems in Germany: Market environment and market potential
For an institutional investor, Büro F participated in the due diligence process of a German storage integrator. The project included a comprehensive analysis of the competitive situation of the company and assessments of the future market potential for home storage systems, as well as recommendations for/regarding the strategic focus of the company.
2016: Study on smart grids in Italy
Büro F carried out a market study on smart grids in Italy. The report includes a complete assessment of current projects and actors. Based on that, the business opportunities for German technology providers is being assessed. Attractive opportunities open up by the announced investments in digitized grid technologies and storage technologies by the largest distribution grid operator Enel Distribuzione and the transmission grid operator Terna.
2016: Study "Regulatory trends in renewable energy self-supply"
For an international institution, Büro F conducted a research project on regulatory trends regarding prosumers, self-supply and net-metering. A special focus lay on the analysis of international debates and the responding actions of regulators. As a possible solution, the report elaborates the opportunities of “value of solar” tariffs that remunerate distributed PV generation according to the benefits and costs the distributed solar provides or imposes on the electricity system.
2015: Technology radar for Chilean Ministry of Energy
Based on the market study “Energy Business Lab: New business models in decentralized and digitalized electricity markets”, we have prepared a “Renewable Energies Technology Radar” for the Chilean Ministry of Energy. The study contains analyses and prognoses of the markets for storage, photovoltaic modules, virtual power plants and more.
2015: Follow-up project customer satisfaction survey
Büro F carried out a customer satisfaction survey for a photovoltaic module manufacturer in 2015 as well. In the context of this survey, 52 interviews were completed with installers and wholesalers in Europe. The focus was on Germany, Great Britain, France and Eastern Europe. The research illustrates a detailed picture of the opinions, experiences, desires and customers’ points of criticism – and gives concrete recommendations for action.
2015: Market study on new business models
The power industry finds itself in a process of fundamental chance: New technical solutions for a decentralized power supply have reached market maturity and numerous new business models can take develop from it. With an overview study, Büro F sheds light on the future of power markets:
- What are the megatrends in the power markets in Germany?
- What technical solutions for supplying energy are catching on?
- Which business models will you be able to make money with in the future?
- Who are the forerunners on the German market?
2015: Report on small wind energy and energy efficiency in Italy
Büro F has contributed to two current market reports. On behalf of a German institution, the fundamentals of the Italian power market were processed and analyzed. Based on this analysis, the business chances in the field of small wind energy and energy efficiency were identified. Given its attractive legal framework conditions and support schemes, Italy ranks among the most important European markets in both fields.
2015: Price Survey on Solar Thermal Power Plants
In cooperation with one of the leading German renewable energy industry associations and an international advisory company, Büro F conducted a survey on the current price level for solar thermal systems. 25 installers and distributors were asked about their system prices, installation and maintenance costs. The results will be used as reference prices for an international comparative study and as a base for profitability calculations for solar thermal systems.
2015: Program for the launch of energy-efficient CHP in Chile created
4 March 2015 – Cogeneration (CHP) plays an increasingly important role in the industrial and commercial field: the distributed combined production of electricity and warmth is cost-effective and halves the emission of greenhouse gases. We are convinced of this technology’s potential. For the CHP launch in Chile, we supported a developmental cooperation organization with the development of a program proposal. Our services included research, calculations, the development of working lines and the definition of indicators for success monitoring.
2014: Market Potential Study „High-Performance Modules“
Büro F conducted an ad-hoc study for Europe’s largest PV manufacturer on the market potential of high-performance modules. Through the analysis of 85,000 datasets from a module database as well as 14,000 postings at photovoltaikforum.com and 69,000 listings of the California Solar Initiative, historical and current market shares have been calculated. Also, future market potential was determined through interviews with 21 installers and wholesalers in Germany, France, Italy and UK. The result is a detailed price and volume forecast for 2015-2017.
2014: Customer Satisfaction Survey for Europe's Largest Solar Company
12.12.2014 For an international photovoltaic manufacturer, Büro F conducted a customer satisfaction survey. In 13 days field time, we conducted more than 50 interviews with installers and distributors all over Europe. The survey draws a detailed picture on opinions, experiences and needs of customers - and recommended actions. Through qualitative questions, the market potential of new products and innovative sales channels has been assessed.
2014: Survey of 30 installers in Germany
Büro F has conducted a survey of German electricians about their business models in record time. In eight days, 30 interviews lasting 30 minutes each were conducted on behalf of an American company. The quantitative survey also included questions about profit margins and future business fields.
2014: Price Index for the Chilean Solar Market
A panel survey was conducted on a quarterly basis for the project „Solar Energy for Self Consumption (Photovoltaics and Solar Thermal Energy)“ by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in cooperation with the Chilean Ministry of Energy. Installers, developers and engineering companies are being surveyed on current and future market prices on a regular basis in order to raise transparency for Chilean end customers when investing in solar systems.
Market intelligence on framework conditions and trends
Ad-hoc analyses on customers, competitors and prices
Primary and secondary data analysis
Qualitative and quantitative surveys
Formulation of recommendations for action